ZUREIK, Elia Tewfik
September 14, 1939 - January 15, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Elia Zureik, beloved husband to Mary, devoted father to Michael (daughter Jordan) and Mariam (Darryl/son Zachary).
Born in Akka, Palestine, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue his education after losing his father and mother. In San Francisco, he met Mary while they were completing their undergraduate degrees. He completed his PhD at Essex University in England and in 1971 joined the Department of Sociology at Queen's University in Kingston where he raised his family.
Elia shared his passion for the Middle East and travel with Mary and his children, taking them to many countries. His love for his grandchildren could be seen during holidays and important family events, even as his health deteriorated. His knowledge, humor, sarcasm, and strong sense of family provided countless fond memories that will remain forever.
His life's journey has ended, but his legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, and academic work. He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to justice and peace in the Middle East. May he rest in peace.
There will be a Celebration of Life at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 14:00 EDT. Those unable to attend in person are welcome to join by livestream by CLICKING HERE. Cremation has taken place. There will a private family inurnment at Cataraqui Cemetery in the Spring.
The family is grateful to the doctors, nurses, and health care workers who helped him through this difficult time.. Donations would be appreciated to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation - Kingston General Hospital or Providence Care Hospital. For his commitment to the Palestinians, donations may also be made to UNWRA or other supporting organizations.
Queen’s Gazette: https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/queen-s-community-remembers-emeritus-professor-elia-zureik
Book Announcement – To be published July 2023
Decolonizing the Study of Palestine: Indigenous Perspectives and Settler Colonialism after Elia Zureik. Ahmad H. Sa'di (Anthology Editor), Nur Masalha (Anthology Editor)